Written by Staff Writer
The 2019 edition of the Monaco Grand Prix will now take place on May 26, 2022, as the first of a new three-day format to be introduced by Formula One.
The Monaco Grand Prix traditionally takes place on the May weekend and is a two-week event that attracts 500,000 people to the city. The cutting of the race date from its usual May date (Races take place during May and early June in the European summer) will make the Monaco Grand Prix easily the longest race on the F1 calendar.
The change was announced by F1’s CEO Chase Carey on Thursday, when he confirmed that new “open season weekends” would be introduced for 2022. They will run from March through to August and on Sundays.
The 22 European countries have been advised and have been invited to apply for inclusion. In addition, 20 more countries will also have access to the new 2017 race dates of April 27, 2022, with conditions already in place to make way for these new dates.
Areas that are close to the North Atlantic have been encouraged to apply by F1 in order to make it easier for teams, sponsors and media to come to the race.
Before then, the Monaco Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on May 26, 2022.
There have been persistent calls to cut the race dates to allow European teams more time to prepare for the next season and allow fans more time to attend. But the move is part of a larger strategy to ensure that the 2019 F1 calendar is back in shape for that year, particularly with next year’s new regulations already in place.